>>11676716>You think SJ editors give a shit about Yankees?
I remember the first time I really understood what it was to be an anime fan, what it was to enjoy a different cartoon from a different nation. I was just a kid. A million years ago, it seems sometimes. Maybe twelve. I was watching Dragon Ball Z. And Akira Toriyama said something that struck me down to my core. Something so powerful, so true, that it changed my life. I memorized it so I could repeat it to myself, over and over across the years. He said:
“In the world of manga, who is decides what is good? Is it the fanbase from the originating nation? Why, the nation is merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is good and what is bad, and decide who is a fan and who isn’t. Its function is to read and enjoy mangas, not terminate them.
Who, then, decides what is good? Is it the manga compilation? Is it the government? Why, these are mere parts of the judgment, not the whole of it; they have not command, they have only their little share in the command.